University Research Council (URC)

The University Research Council (URC), administered by the Vice President for Research, is the governance body for research operations and strategies at Penn State. The URC members serve as research liaisons for their academic areas including University Park, the commonwealth campuses and the College of Medicine at Hershey. 

The members include Associate Deans of Research, Institute Directors, Director of Federal Relations, Assistant Vice Presidents, Fellows, and other PSU delegates appointed by the Vice President for Research that are broadly representative of the research-oriented focus among the Penn State community.  Meetings occur eight times throughout the calendar year.   

For questions regarding URC meetings or membership, please contact ovpr@psu.edu. For a printer-friendly table of URC members, please click here

 

 

URC Members

Andrew August

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs Abington Campus
119 Sutherland Building
215-881-7300

David Scott Bennett

Associate Dean of Research, College of the Liberal Arts
105 Sparks Building
814-865-1439

Rick Brazier

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
111 Old Main
814-863-0327

Sarah Bronson

Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research, College of Medicine
H166 Physiology
717-531-5194

William Doan

Interim, Arts and Architecture
116 Theatre Building
814-865-7586

Kathryn Drager

Associate Dean for Research, College of Health & Human Development
325 Health & Human Development Building
814-863-2426

Karen Estlund

Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies, University Libraries
510 Paterno Library
814-863-5451

Jenni Evans

Director, Institute for CyberScience
509 Walker Building
814-865-3240

Susannah Gal

Associate Dean of Research and Outreach, Penn State Harrisburg
C114B Olmstead Building
717-948-6302

Corey Griffin

Associate Dean for Research, Altoona Campus
814-949-5746

John R. Hellmann

URC Chairman (2018-2019); Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, College of Earth & Mineral Sciences
248D Deike Building
814-865-7659

Steven Huddart

Senior Associate Dean, Smeal College of Business
210 Business Building
814-865-0041

Janet Hughes

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Chair, Faculty Senate; Librarian, Biological Sciences
408 Paterno Library
814-865-3705

Judy Hupcey

Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research,College of Nursing
Hershey Medical Center
717-531-4160

Greg Kelly

Senior Associate Dean of Research, Outreach and Technology
241 Chambers Building
814-863-1489

Ivor Knight

Associate Dean for Research, Erie-Behrand Campus
103 Glehnhill Farmhouse
814-898-6160

Michael Kubit

Vice President for Information & Technology
401 Old Main
814-865-3540

Daniel Leri

Grants & Contracts Manager
101C Technology Center
814-865-2880

George A. Lesieutre

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Engineering
102 B Hammond Building
814-863-0103

Hong Ma

Associate Dean for Research, Eberly College of Science
517 Thomas Building
814-863-0555

James Marden

Professor of Biology, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
201 Life Sciences Building
814-863-1384

Jud Mathews

Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships
Lewis Katz Building
814-865-4285

Susan M. McHale

Directory, Social Science Research Institute
114 Henderson Building
814-865-1528

Eduardo Mendieta

Rock Ethics Institute
203 Sparks Building
814-865-1553

Prasenjit Mitra

Associate Dean for Research, Information Sciences and Technology
E397G Westgate Building
814-865-2379

Adam Muchmore

Associate Dean for Research
323 Lewis Katz Building
814-865-8972

Christopher Rahn

Associate Dean for Innovation, College of Engineering
150A Hammond Building
814-865-6237

Clive Randall

Director, Materials Research Institute
N-221 Millennium Science
814-863-1328

Thomas Richard

Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
1E Land & Water Research Building
814-865-1569

Ford Risley

Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, College of Communications
211 Carnegie Building
814-865-2181

Paul Shrivastava

Chief Sustainability Officer, Director of Sustainability Institute
103 Land & Water Research Building
814-865-4415

Paul E. Sullivan

Executive Director, Applied Research Lab
1000A ARL Building
814-865-6343

Gary A. Thompson

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Agricultural Sciences
217 Agriculture Administration Building
814-865-3136

Harl Tolbert

Assistant Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Technology Management
113 Technology Center
814-865-6277

Sheila L. Vrana

Associate Dean for Research, College of Medicine
H138 Hershey Medical Center
7171-531-8495

Amanda Wintersteen

Director of Federal Relations, Office of Government and Community Relations
117 Old Main
814-865-5431

Invited Attendees

Pallavi Eswara

Director of Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
304 Old Main, University Park, PA
814-865-2626

Lara Fowler

Assistant Director, Institutes of Energy and the Environment; Senior Lecturer, Penn State Law
Lewis Katz Building

Jenifer Hoffman (per Judy Hupcey)

Director for Research Administration
201 Nursing Sciences Building
814-865-9337

Ruth Weber

Assistant Vice President for Research Operations
304 Old Main
814-876-1463

Ex-Officio Members

Jeffery B. Fortin

Associate Vice President for Research & Director of Industrial Partnerships
304 Old Main
814-865-6042

John Hanold

Associate Vice President for Research, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
110 Technology Center
814-863-0768

Michelle Hutnik

Director of Research Analytics and Communications
304 Old Main
814-863-6311

Mary J. Kennett

Director, Animal Resource Program
101 Centralized Biological Lab
814-865-1495

Greg Madden

Senior Advisor for Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure
1G Old Main
814-865-2536

Leslie Parent

College of Medicine
H175, Hershey Medical Center
717-531-7199

Shashank Priya

Associate Vice President for Research, Director of Strategic Initiatives
304 Old Main
814-863-9657

Neil A. Sharkey

Vice President for Research
304 Old Main
814-865-6332

James "Jim" Taylor

Manager, Office of Research Information Systems
105 The 330 Building
814-865-0681

Michael F. Verderame

Senior Associate Dean
211 Kern Building
814-865-2516

Candice Yekel

Associate V.P. for Research, Director, Office of Research Protections
Suite 250, The 330 Building
814-865-1775